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Reports on Armed Conflict in Tamil Eelam
LTTE CAPTURES MASSIVE HAUL OF ARMS
INCLUDING LONG RANGE ARTILLERY PIECES
Press Release from LTTE Headquarters, Tamil Eelam
24 April 2000
With the military victory in the battle of Elephant Pass a huge array of war materials to the value of several billions of rupees fell into the hands of the Liberation Tigers. The 54th Division of the Sri Lankan army that guarded the giant military complex, left all varieties of heavy weapons, including artillery pieces, intact when they fled the base in total disorder and haste. The capture of these weapons along with high tech communication systems has replenished the armory of the LTTE several fold and enhanced its firepower.
Three long-range 152MM artillery pieces are the significant gain in the booty. Two 122MM artillery pieces and twelve 120MM heavy mortars, one 25MM canon, several 50 caliber guns, hundreds of rocket propelled grenades, thousands of automatic rifles and a vast quantity of ammunitions, including artillery and mortar shells, have been secured by the LTTE. The Tamil Tigers have also captured several armored vehicles, tanks, military trucks, bulldozers and high-tech communication systems. ‘This is an unprecedented haul’, remarked a field commander of the LTTE.
In the battle of Yakachchi and Elephant Pass 35 LTTE cadres were killed.